Next summer, the Kansas basketball program will represent the United States at the World University Games in South Korea. But there’s one Kansas player competing in an international tournament right now.
Future Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk opened the Under-18 European Championships with 19 points on Thursday in Ukraine’s 82-61 victory over Portugal in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Mykhailiuk, who signed with KU in May, is expected to arrive on campus in late August or early September. For now, he’s competing in the smaller Division B of the U18 European Championships, which features the likes of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands and some other countries that you might not be consider the true basketball powers of Europe.
Alas, Mykhailiuk, a 6-foot-7 wing, was five of 14 from floor, including two of seven from three-point range, in 26 minutes. He added three assists and three steals. And Ukraine continues pool play against Scotland on Friday. To follow the tournament, which runs through Aug. 3, you can go here.